Service Learning

Purdue believes in being a good neighbor. That's why we create and maintain community connections so our students, faculty and staff can use their expertise to make a difference. It’s also why we support the Student Grant Program for Community Service/Service Learning Projects — which provides assistance for students and student organizations.

A Vision for Change

Braille eReader

A huge feat in the field of assistive technologies — that’s the goal for a group of Purdue students trying to make life easier for individuals who are blind or have low vision.

A team from the Purdue EPICS Program is working on a multi-line Braille eReader.

The team has had to overcome several hurdles — including producing a model that can read more than two lines and producing a product that is relatively inexpensive.
“Originally, my teammates and I were drawn in by the challenging nature of the project as well as the potential to help address a real need,” says Kyle McNulty, an engineering student who worked on the project. “Working on the project and meeting with stakeholders has only bolstered our desire to develop a solution that best meets the needs of individuals who are blind or low vision.“

“The EPICS program stresses the importance of human-centered design, and this opportunity gave the team key insight on important factors to keep in mind as the project progresses forward,” says Jessica Place, an engineering student who also worked on the project.

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